Discovery

Family Friendly Fun

As the summer months grow near, it’s a perfect time for the whole family to plan their next vacation. The promise of great weather makes Charleston the perfect destination for a family getaway. There are stingrays to touch, otters to watch, pirate ships to climb, and fly balls to catch. Visits to the South Carolina Aquarium, Charles Towne Landing, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcounty, and the Charleston RiverDogs are the perfect way to fill your getaway with family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. 

The South Carolina Aquarium
Located right on Charleston Harbor, The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 plants and animals. Its Toddler Cove play area features life-size aquatic play structures, perfect for those that like to jump and climb. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium, the Great Ocean Tank which extends from the first to the third floors of the Aquarium, is the tallest in North America and contains more than 300 animals. The Aquarium’s exhibit, the Saltmarsh Aviary, features a Touch Tank where guests can touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and other marine animals.

Charles Towne Landing
Charles Towne Landing, a state park that was once the site of the first permanent settlement in the Carolinas, has a natural habitat zoo featuring animals indigenous to the Carolina Lowcountry including bison, bears, and elk. The  Otter Exhibit features a viewing area that provides a look at the animals’ movements underwater. Programs are also held regularly on The Adventure, a replica trading ship moored at the park.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Take a visit to the recently renovated Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry; Charleston’s only hands-on learning environment designed just for children up to 10 years old and their families. The museum’s eight interactive exhibits range from a full-scale pirate ship to a Medieval Castle to an area just for infants and toddlers. And the museum is within walking distance to the hotel.

Charleston RiverDogs
Bring the whole family to a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. Games are held every week at Joe Riley Jr. Park downtown. Each night, the RiverDogs have a variety of family-friendly activities. From face painting to kids running the bases, to kids eat free and fireworks displays, there is entertainment for everyone.

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Discovery

One of a kind experiences in Charleston

The list of reasons travelers rank Charleston as one of the top destinations in the country is quite extensive. Mild year-round weather, Southern hospitality, amazing history, and one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the country. Just to name a few.

In addition to helping you explore the city’s most popular activities and attractions, our concierge team can arrange one-of-a-kind experiences—ones that guests typically would not find on their own. We asked our team to share a list of their favorite gems that they’ve planned for guests through the years.

1. A private walking tour of Charleston’s exclusive gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

2. A tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both which are closed to the public.

3. A private “behind-the-scenes” carriage ride at Middleton Place Plantation (reservations are not normally accepted).

4. A charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

5. A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by a member of Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

6. An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

7. Private tours of artists’ studios as well as introductions to the artists themselves.

8. A private historic district tour via bicycle with native authority Harlan Green—author of six books on Charleston history.

9. A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

10. A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

11. For a special occasion, a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Have you enjoyed any of these hidden gems? What others would you recommend to locals or visitors? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Charleston

The picturesque Lowcountry offers visitors to Charleston an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most complex eco-systems. From the Atlantic Ocean with its abundant estuaries to the surrounding low-lying marshlands, Charleston is home to one of the most diverse and naturally beautiful landscapes in the country.

Get On the Water
Charleston offers arguably the best ocean, tidal and freshwater fishing of any kind. Spend an afternoon of inshore fishing on the plentiful shallow waters and coastal estuaries of the Lowcountry, teeming with a variety of game fish including redfish, flounder, black drum and even sharks. Or set out for a full-day of deep sea fishing. Providing a challenging adventure even for experienced anglers, catch marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and many other species. Charters can be arranged for year-round fishing.

Set Your Sights on the Sky
Located on a historic rice plantation, Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center offers a wide range of trails and nature-viewing opportunities. Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. In addition to bird spotting, visitors may catch a glimpse of waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, alligators, bald eagles and more. A variety of interactive exhibits, displays and programs can also be found at Caw Caw.

Hit the Trails
Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, located on nearby Seabrook Island, offers one of the few public equestrian trail systems in the Lowcountry. Pristine scenery awaits as you journey through scenic woods, marshes and tidal creeks on trails designed for beginner and advanced riders. Beach rides along the North Beach of Seabrook Island are also available. Open year-round schedule based on tides. Reservations required.

Explore the Great Outdoors
Grab a mountain bike and head to the old Santee Gun Club, now a protected wildlife management area. This 24,000-acre reserve features several dirt road trails through old rice fields, past freshwater cypress swamps and through pine woodlands. Parts of the reserve are open to the public for hunting during certain times of the year.

After exploring Charleston, retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, to relax in luxury.

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